Cate Barbour

Cate Barbour

Senior Counsel

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Cate Barbour joined Walkers in 2015 and is Senior Counsel in the Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group, Dubai.

Cate has broad commercial litigation experience, including company and shareholder disputes, disputes involving ultra-high-value assets, trust disputes, and fraud claims. She regularly acts for clients based in the Middle East, and has particular experience in obtaining orders in support of foreign Court and arbitration proceedings.

Cate has also spent time in the Walkers' BVI, Cayman Islands and London offices.


She has been named as a Future Leader in the WWL 2022 and 2023 guides and was featured as one of Global Restructuring Review's 40 women in restructuring in 2023. Cate is regularly recognised in Legal 500. 



"a great lawyer and an expert in the procedural law of the BVI" 

"Cate Barbour is absolutely exceptional. She works extremely hard in challenging circumstances to help her client achieve a great result in both the Cayman and BVI Courts. She is extremely knowledgeable and user-friendly and acted as a great interface to her Cayman and BVI colleagues."

"Dubai based Cate Barbour is a highly regarded litigator and very proactive. A pleasure to work with and simplifies complex cross border procedural issues with ease."


Prior to joining Walkers, Cate worked in the Commercial Litigation group of Trowers & Hamlins LLP in London and the Middle East.

Admitted In:

British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
England and Wales (not practising)

MA (Hons) Social and Political Science, Cambridge University, UK
LLB (Hons) College of Law, London, UK

2023 WWL – Future Leader

2023 Legal 500 - Rising Star (EMEA)

2023 Legal 500 - Rising Star (British Virgin Islands)

2022 Legal 500 - Rising Star (British Virgin Islands) 

2022 WWL - Future Leader

2021 Legal 500 - Rising Star (British Virgin Islands)

Cate is a member of the BVI Bar Association.

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